Shall we start Sunday by picking a winner? Yes, I think we shall. In fact, I think we shall go one better. As the response to last week's Amouage sample draw was more enthusiastic than expected - and as I'm still in a munificent start-of-the-year mood - I think I'll ask Random.org to pull one more number out of its virtual hat. So here we go. The two lucky recipients of a vial of Opus IV are:
Congratulations to both of you. Please send your postal details to persolaise at gmail dot com and I'll get the sample to you as soon as possible. Thanks again to everyone who entered and also to Amouage for providing the prizes. If all goes according to plan, I should be able to hold another give-away on Tuesday, so please come back then.
Changing the subject, some of you will be aware that on Friday night I posted a Tweet stating that I'd just been interviewed for an upcoming BBC TV documentary about perfume. With director Ian Denyer's permission, I am now able to reveal that his three hour-long films will (almost certainly) be broadcast on BBC 4 at some point between April and the autumn. Although Mr Denyer hasn't yet completed the editing process - he's currently wading through over 200 hours' worth of footage - he informed me that the final cut will cover a wide-range of perfume-related topics - from the celebrity-driven approach of the American market to predictions for the future of the industry - as well as featuring insights into the work of some of the world's most famous perfumers. It all sounded utterly fascinating and I've asked him to let me know as soon as he's told when it's going to be broadcast, so that we can all generate some hype for it on the Blogosphere.
At this point, I'm sure you're all wondering why he wanted to interview me. Well, his current plan is to intersperse some of the documentary footage with shots of a few 'normal' people talking about one particular perfume which carries great personal significance for them. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of his mini-interview subjects, so on Friday evening, at Maison Persolaise, he trained his camera on me and asked me to rattle off what I'm sure turned out to be a load of incoherent nonsense about the fragrance I'd selected. I'm well aware that my ramblings may end up on the cutting room floor, but the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable, not least because it allowed me to spend some time in the delightful company of a fellow perfume lover.
I'll leave you to the rest of your weekend with a little guessing game: which perfume do you think I talked about? No prizes for getting the answer, this is just for fun! Submit your guesses as comments on this post and I'll leave a series of clues every now and then to make things easier for you. Here are your first two clues: the perfume is very well known and it's less than 30 years old.